A pregnant green mamba, captured at a plush uMhlanga home, has laid seven eggs. Picture: Jason Arnold
A pregnant green mamba, captured at a plush uMhlanga home, has laid seven eggs. Picture: Jason Arnold

PICS: Pregnant green mamba captured at plush uMhlanga home lays her eggs

By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Time of article published Nov 19, 2021

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Durban: A pregnant green mamba, rescued from a plush Umhlanga estate two days ago, has laid her eggs.

Seven to be exact, says Durban snake rescuer Jason Arnold who responded to calls from a homeowner that a snake was trying to make its way under her decking near her front door.

The home is in an eco-estate.

Arnold said that if the snake had got under the decking, she would have laid her eggs and then, in a few weeks, the family would have baby green mambas roaming around.

The eggs would take about 80 days to hatch. Picture: Jason Arnold.

He said the domestic worker had raised the alarm bells.

“I knew that it was a pregnant green mamba, as they are usually found on trees, but it is typical at this time of the year for them to look for a space to deposit their eggs.”

Arnold said he had kept the snake with him to ensure she delivered her eggs in a safe space and, thereafter, would place her back safely in nature.

“I will give her a meal or two because they don’t eat when they are carrying eggs.”’

Durban snake catcher Jason Arnold with the green mamba. Picture: Supplied

He said the eggs would take about 80 days to hatch.

Green mambas are highly venomous snakes.

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